Designing and Implementing a NORC Program
Guiding Principle # 4
A NORC program drills down to identify the component parts of a problem and to set priorities for action.
Once basic resources have been assembled, the next step is to decide what next to take on to make the community a better place in which to grow old.
Broad challenges can seem complex until they are teased apart and the components are addressed in manageable ways. Tackling isolation among senior residents, for example, can seem daunting, but taking on issues that contribute to the problem—such as the unsafe environment that makes residents fearful to leave their apartments and the lack of access to community space that makes it difficult for them to be with their peers—is a productive approach. Identifying the components of a problem may require deepening of the knowledge garnered during the Understanding the Community process.
The more thorough the analysis and the more specifically a problem is described, the more effective decisions about what to tackle next can be.